After being honored at the White House by U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, the Miami Heat fell behind by 34 in the second quarter and were blown out by a Washington Wizards team that was 1-14 against teams with winning records.
Everything is going wrong in South Beach, right? Wrong.
The reigning NBA champions have played terribly recently. That is something that should not go overlooked. But what needs to be understood is that the Heat are yet to pass the halfway point in the 2013-14 season.
The first thing that fans need to realize is that Miami heads to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday to face Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are a bad team. They could be just the team that Miami needs to play to get back on track.
Three bad losses will put a lasting mark on a player's mind. A young team may not be able to recover from losing three in a row. It would likely lead to a longer slump.
Miami has a veteran team with experience. That need not be overlooked.
Head coach Eric Spoelstra has been a big part of the team's success since he was hired.
"I needed it, two days," James said after Monday's practice, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "I can't speak for the rest of my team, but we looked great today and we got back to the basics."
A well-rested Heat team will benefit from having that weekend off as they play five games in their next seven days.
When you have a roster that consists of James, Wade and veterans such as Ray Allen and others, there should never be a worry. Especially the lethal combination of James and Wade.
Last season the Spurs rested their older players in preparation for the playoffs. They ended up in the NBA Finals against the Heat.
Thirty-eight games into the season should not be a reason to start panicking and rioting in South Beach. Losing three straight to mediocre teams is a wake-up call. Give this team time. They have all of the keys to get back to the NBA Finals this season.